Jerry Stein

During his 46 years with The Cincinnati Post, Jerry Stein spent 38 of them as a critic, arts writer and reporter, covering a wide spectrum of the arts that included visual arts, film, theater and dance. After taking early retirement in February 2006, he continued on as a free lance writer and arts critic on the arts until the paper ceased publication in December 2007. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Evening College, Stein won such awards as "Cincinnati's Best" honor from Cincinnati Magazine for his arts coverage in 1992 and the 1994 Itching Heart Coalition Arlene Gibeau Award bestowed by Covington's Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center for "a career devoted to promoting regional arts." With his Post colleague music critic Mary Ellyn Hutton, the team won journalism awards for their series State of the Arts and Cincinnati Arts Renaissance, both of which surveyed the present and future health of Greater Cincinnati arts institutions. His proudest professional achievement was testifying for the defense in the landmark 1990 Robert Mapplethorpe trial. The Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, were charged with pandering obscenity after exhibiting Mapplethorpe's erotic photographs. Both Barrie and the museum were acquitted of all charges six months later. Visit his Blog:

Cynthia Goodman

An Uncrowned Queen Cincinnati’s Cynthia Goodman enjoys international success as a curator, writer, corporate art consultant, documentary producer and former director of New York City’s IBM Gallery of Science and Art. Her gold-braided resume made her the preeminent choice to be the interim director of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, not once but twice. But Goodman […]

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James Crump

Reflections from a Discerning Eye In the film “Wall Street,” Michael Douglas misguidedly observed “greed is good” with dire results. However, if greed also means grasping every opportunity to create a world-class photography collection at the Cincinnati Art Museum James Crump is committing no aesthetic trespass. “I was asked to kick start a relatively dormant […]

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